Reds select high school pitcher
With the 27th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, the Reds picked right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson from Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif.
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Stephenson, 18, is the first high school player to be taken by Cincinnati since catcher Devin Mesoraco in 2007. He’s the first high school pitcher taken by the team since Homer Bailey in 2004.
At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Stephenson is considered a power pitcher that, according to reports, can reach 97 mph with his fastball. He also has a commitment to the Univ. of Washington.
“We’re very excited to have Robert,” Reds scouting director Chris Buckley said. “He’s an outstanding high school projection pitcher with a very loose, live arm. We saw him as high as 98 [mph] this year. He’s going to fill out, get stronger.”
During his senior season, Stephenson threw two no-hitters and posted a 1.19 ERA in 76 1/3 innings.
“I saw him pitch three times this year,” Buckley said. “To get him in the first round, we obviously liked him a lot. He’s got very good upside, good projection to his frame. He throws hard now. He should throw a little harder as most high school kids do as they get bigger and stronger. We’re real excited to have him.”